Man sentenced in bookstore arson case

DENVER — A man accused of breaking into a suburban Denver bookstore and planting three homemade bombs has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Denver Post reports that David Lawless was sentenced in federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to use of a destructive device during a crime of violence. As part of a plea agreement, he agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and provide information about other individuals.

Authorities say Lawless forced his way into a Borders bookstore and planted two crude bombs fashioned from propane tanks in June 2011. One exploded, causing little damage. A third propane tank device planted outside the store failed to ignite.

According to the plea deal, Lawless also confessed to planting a similar device at a Denver restaurant the day before.


Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

Search More Jobs

734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Subscribe to print edition
Sign in to your account

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy